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Ana Marcela
Cunha
BrazilBrazil, BRA
Female
Open water

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
23 March 1992
Height
165 cm
Weight
66 kg
Residence
São Paulo, BRA
Occupation
Armed Forces, Athlete
Languages
English, Portuguese
Higher education
Physical Education - University of Santa Cecilia [Unisanta]: Brazil

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up swimming at age two and began open water swimming at age 14.
Why this sport?
There was a pool at her school.
Club / Team
Unisanta: São Paulo, BRA
Name of coach
Fernando Possenti [personal]

General Interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning the 25km event at the 2011 World Championships in Shanghai, People's Republic of China. (treinoonline.com.br, 21 Mar 2015)
Hero / Idol
Brazilian swimmers Gustavo Borges and Clodoaldao Silva. (anamarcela.com.br, 12 Jul 2011)
Injuries
She underwent surgery to remove her spleen in October 2016 due to an autoimmune disease she was diagnosed with earlier that year. She took two months off from training and only returned to full training in January 2017. (uol.com.br, 21 Oct 2016; swimswam.com, 17 Jul 2017)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
Before major international competitions she like to invent a new hairstyle. (uol.com.br, 26 Mar 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"When you have clear goals, it is easier to train and swim behind them. Therefore I believe in taking it step by step." (sesisp.org.br, 09 Sep 2014)
Awards and honours
She was named Female Athlete of the Year by the Brazilian Olympic Committee [COB] in 2015. (anamarcela.com.br, 18 Dec 2015)

She was named Marathon Swimmer of the Year by the Brazilian Olympic Committee [COB] in 2014 and 2015. (rio2016.com, 16 Dec 2014; anamarcela.com.br, 18 Dec 2015)

In 2010 and 2014 she was named Female Open Water Swimmer of the Year by the International Swimming Federation [FINA]. (FINA, 07 Jan 2011; swimswam.com, 01 Dec 2014)
Ambitions
To win medals at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, and the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (atribuna.com.br, 16 Aug 2017)